Steam is a feature of many higher end dryers these days.
Dryers with steam seem to be an option in almost every dryer brand for a premium.
The two most common questions are what does the steam do, and is it worth the extra cost?
Is a Steam Dryer Worth It?
First, let's talk about how steam is used in a dryer. There are three main steam cycles available on dryers.
One of the most common is a steam refresh cycle. This cycle adds moisture and heat to the clothes left in the dryer too long. At the end of the cycle, the dryer runs at a lower temperature to help release wrinkles.
Wrinkle release cycles are very similar except it will operate at the end of the drying cycle. This cycle adds time at the end of the cycle to add steam and periodically tumble the load after the drying cycle is completed. This cycle allows for flexibility in the timing of removing the clothes out of the dryer, without having to worry about set in wrinkles.
The other steam cycle available is just a steam option added to almost any cycle. This option is different because this will add steam during the actual drying cycle rather than just at the end like wrinkle release or as an independent cycle like steam refresh. Use this cycle to prevent wrinkling on more wrinkle prone clothes like silks.
Dryers with steam will cost more than the dryers without steam within the same brand, but really save the hassle of ironing either a huge load or a favorite shirt before a night out.
Most non-steam dryers have similar cycles, but are not as effective without steam.
Popular Steam Dryers
Electrolux steam dryers range from $899 - $1,399. Their $939 model EIMED55IIW is their most popular and is fully featured.
Whirlpool duet is one of the most highly rated and well known laundry sets. Their model WED94HEXW for $1,099.99 is a nice choice as well.
Frigidaire has a nice steam dryer that is part of a $1,499 laundry package at $849. Model FASE7073NW is a great low priced option.
So how about install and does it require any extra plumbing?
You do not need any extra plumbing to install a steam dryer.
The “Y” hose connection piece splits the water to flow to the dryer for steam. The extra hose then connects to the dryer, so that the rest of the install hooks up like a regular washer and dryer.
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Francesco Froio is the General Manager at Yale Appliance in Boston. Francesco has over 15 years of sales experience. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and three boys. He also is, of course, a big Boston sports fan.
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